Look around you and you will see lots of places in your home that need sprucing up. Of all these however, the kitchen is that one place that you can maximize your creativity, splurge less yet make it have a huge visual impact. Find some of the ingenious ways you can make your simple kitchen look expensive.
A kitchen comes with a standard look and feel. Every kitchen has counters, backsplashes and cabinets. They’re built uniform, and also very boring. It’s in your hands how you want to make it look eventually, how you can luxe it up in a smart way, within your budgetary constraints. As generally thought, cabinets in kitchens are not the only décor element you can play with and customize. There are other areas too, and a few of them are listed below;
1. BEGIN BY SELECTING THE RIGHT LAYOUT
A kitchen design always begins with a layout. Start that intelligently & the rest will follow suit. Decide to create as small a work triangle – distance between hob, refrigerator and sink – as possible. Bear in mind that the refrigerator is very frequently used, and a smartly selected one works best when placed at the kitchen’s entrance.
2. MAXIMIZE THE HEIGHT
Although a great option, most small kitchens are pretty compact and do not afford tall wall cabinets. But if at all possible, try and built taller wall cabinets (36 – 42 inches), which gives plenty of storage options. In loftier spaces (9-feet and upwards), putting stacked wall cabinets than a single one delivers even more of a punch.
3. MAKE A KITCHEN CORNER SHINE
Apart from the cabinets, one spot that draws visual attention is the backsplash, so give it due importance. Spend if you must, in making the backsplash different, eye-catching and unique. You can use tiles, plain/printed glass sheets, stainless steel sheets or even have it hand-painted. Backsplashes let you do what you can’t anywhere else, show glimpses of your style and personality, and all of this without burning a hole in your pocket. The materials are generally cheaper and a unique classy look created.
4. THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
Knobs, fittings and lighting are accessories that can take a kitchen from the basic to the delectable. Hardware like these are like earrings for your kitchen cabinets, adding a spunk to the space and making it look extraordinary. Whether it’s a new home or one that you’ve lived in for years, changing the look drastically doesn’t have to make you spend, since upscale looks can be achieved with simpler tactics.
5. LIGHT UP INTELLIGENTLY
Walk into the kitchen for the first time, and what draws your eyes towards them are the lights. Classy elegant light fixtures over basins, islands and breakfast nooks are not just utilitarian but add depth to the space. For intelligent lighting, make one zone the focus, and rest of the zones a supporting cast, to create an intriguing visual hierarchy.
6. PLAY WITH FLOORING
Kitchen floors elevate plain kitchens to luxe status. While having wooden floors (similar to the rest of the home) are the most optimal in compact as well as spacious layouts, playing around with large ceramic tiles of different textures and designs also adds a touch of uniqueness and class.
7. PLAN FOR THE LONG HAUL
Kitchens and cabinets are prone to wear off over a period of time. It is important to choose good sturdy kitchens in a design and color you love. Buy a good quality sink to go with it, and on the other hand, search thoroughly, check pricing, decide the finish and finally shape of washbasin faucets and taps. Money isn’t the only factor to add elegance and charm to the kitchen space. The deciding factor is in the intelligent use of less of it, to achieve a more remarkable and striking impact.